Day 1. Sunday
Arrival to Krakow via «Aeroflot» flight (SU 2004). Group transfer to the hotel. Fledged hotel accommodation. City walking tour of Krakow: Old Town and Wawel Royal Castle (optional) with Russian-speaking guide; Market Square – the place of plexus for numerous legends and historic events, St. Mary’s Church, the historic shopping arcades Sukiennice, King’s Road, Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle built in Renaissance style and the Cathedral. Leisure time in the evening.
Day 2. Monday
Breakfast. “Krakow souvenir” – a fascinating walking tour through Krakow as a present! We invite you to walk the streets of Krakow, to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the Polish national souvenirs. Eyes are running from the abundance of colorful souvenirs, Polish delicacies, drinks, etc in the streets of Krakow. During the walk with a guide you will visit popular shops in Krakow, master-class of potters at famous ceramic factory in Bolesławiec, local Polish confectioners evaluating their work and will be able to buy the famous “Krakow souvenirs”: real Krakow sausages and cheeses, delicious Cracow biscuits, gourmet chocolate, fruit and berry liqueurs, liqueurs or Polish Zubrowka and more. Bus tour to Wieliczka with Russian-speaking guide (optional). Wieliczka is a small city in 13 kilometers from Krakow. One of the biggest and oldest salt mines in Europe is located here. The depth of mines is equal to 340 meters and the total length of the corridors is more than 350 kilometers. Tourists are coming to admire the beauty of the underground mines from all over the world! In addition, the air in the mine has curative qualities and the city is equipped with underground sanatorium. Return to Krakow.
Day 3. Tuesday
Breakfast. City bus and walking tour to Pszczyna Castle, Hunting Castle in Promnice and Abbey in Tyntse (optional). Castle in Pszczyna or the so-called “Eastern Louvre” is known since 1636 and entirely belongs to Renaissance style. The castle, together with a English-styled landscaped park, creates a unique palace and park ensemble. The palace in Pszczyna and the hunting castle in Promnice formerly belonging to the Hochberg genus are one of the most beautiful and well-preserved monuments in Poland. Benedictine Abbey in Tyntse was founded approximately in 1044 by Duke Casimir the Restorer. Tyntse Abbey served as a major center of spiritual education in the country.
Day 4. Wednesday
Breakfast. Excursion to the Wawel Castle and the undergrounds of the main Market Square of Krakow (optional). Royal Castle (UNESCO-protected monument) was the residence of the rulers of Poland in XI-XVII centuries. The interior of the residence mostly belongs to Renaissance style and has a genuine royal finery. The royal apartments, the throne room, armory and treasury are located in in the castle. Museum “Dungeons of Cracow” situated in the marketplace and founded in 2010 is a sort of archaeological park where you can watch the realistic picture of life of a bustling medieval town. Modern technology project authors have created the perfect illusion of rowdy and lush mediaeval city.
Day 5. Thursday
Breakfast. Free time to visit the optional tours. Rafting on the Dunajec River and Niedzica Castle (optional). We invite you to take part in rafting down the Dunajec River – the natural border between Poland and Slovakia. Dunajec flows amid the beautiful limestone mountains in Southern Poland. Pieniny mountain ranges of the National Park is a unique and virgin monument of nature. Water route with the length of 15 km will help you to enjoy the views and the primeval beauty of nature. You will visit the castle in Niedzica built in the XIV century by the Finno-Ugric tribes to protect trade routes in the Valley of the Dunajec within the excursion (accompanied in English, from May to September except 19.06.14). Leisure time in the evening. For those who wish: Dinner at the national restaurant accompanied by folk ensemble (optional).
Day 6. Friday
Breakfast. Free time to visit the optional tours, have a city tour to Krakow and to go shopping! A walking tour of “Jewish Kazimierz and Podgórze” (optional). The history of Kazimierz dates back to 1335 when King Casimir the Great gave the privilege regulating the legal status of the city named after him. Today, Kazimierz is a popular district of Krakow due to its rich history and traditions. There is a Gothic church of St. Catherine and a Church of Pauline Fathers on Skalka in the western part of the city. The oldest ethnographic museum in Poland is located on the Market Square of Kazimierz. The former Jewish district is situated in the eastern part of the city. There are seven synagogues, Jewish Museum and the Jewish cemetery of the XVI century in the district. The National Memory Museum, “Apothecary under the eagle” and “Schindler’s Museum” are also located on the other bank of the Vistula River, in the Podgorze district or rather on the site of the Jewish ghetto of World War II. Both Kazimierz and Podgórze served as the sites for Steven Spielberg’ renowned film – “Schinlder’s List”. Leisure time in the evening. For those who wish: Dinner at Kazimierz with a concert of Jewish music (optional).
Day 7. Saturday
Breakfast. Leisure time. Bus tour to Zakopane (optional). Zakopane ia a small town in Southern Poland situated in a valley at the foot of the Tatra mountains. Being the most popular mountain resort in Poland, Zakopane attracts fans of mountain walks (the most popular peaks are Svinitsa and Giewont) in the summer and lovers of skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Zakopane is interesting for its unique folklore, architectural style, virgin nature and national cuisine. You are invited to visit the most important tourist attractions of the city (the heart of the city – Krupówki Street, Church on Kszeptowkach, Wielka Krokiew springboard and a breathtaking panorama of the city from Mount Gubałówka) during the tour. Bus tour to Auschwitz (optional) There is a small city called Oswiecim in 60 kilometers to west from Krakow. A complex of German concentration camps was located there in 1940s. Auschwitz was the largest Nazi concentration camp where more than 1.5 million inmates were tortured during the World War II. Later Auschwitz was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; the former camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the devilish crime against humanity. The museum consists of ruins of the crematoria, gas chambers, railway platform and other objects of the former concentration camp.
Day 8. Sunday
Breakfast. Group transfer to the airport of Krakow. Departure to Moscow via “Aeroflot” flight (SU 2005).
The price of the program start from AZN 350 per person based on double occupancy.
The price includes:
Hotel accommodation: 7 nights in Krakow
Meals (breakfasts only)
Group transfer in accordance with the program
“Krakow souvenir” – a fascinating walking tour through Krakow as a present!